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Calypso

Rupert Westmore Grant, better known as calypso star Lord Invader, is born in San Fernando, Trinidad.
Fitzgerald Cornelius Henry is born in Arouca, Trinidad. He will find fame as calypso singer and songwriter The Mighty Terror.
Robert DeCormier [aka Bob Corman] is born in Poughkeepsie, New York State, USA. He will achieve success as an American musical conductor, arranger, and director, working with many singers and groups, including Harry Belafonte and Peter, Paul and Mary, and Milt Okun.
Aldwyn Roberts is born in Arima, Trinidad. He will find international fame as calypso singer and songwriter Lord Kitchener best remembered for his popular song Cricket, Lovely, Cricket.
Harold George is born in Harlem, New York City. He will find fame as Harry Belafonte, hugely popular US singer/actor, and occasional employer of Bob Dylan's talents as a harmonica player.
Charlie Spand [vocals and piano] records Soon This Morning and Fetch Your Water in Richmond, Indiana, USA, for Paramount Records, with Blind Blake [guitar].
The Hokum Boys record I Was Afraid Of That Part 2 in Richmond, Indiana, USA, for Paramount Records. At this session, the group includes Blind Blake on guitar.
Ernest Ranglin is born in Manchester, West Central Jamica, Caribbean. He will find success as an extraordinarily versatile guitarist whose talent embraced the jazz, pop, calypso and mento styles, as well as composing music for films. He is perhaps most well-known as the man who played guitar on and arranged the 1963 international hit My Boy Lollipop by Millie Small.
Felix And His Krazy Kats record Josephine, Rosalie, The Dipsy Doodle, True Confession, Bob White and Bei Mir Bist Du Schon for Decca Records in New York City, USA.
The Lion (aka Roaring Lion), with The Harmony Kings Orchestra, records Excursion To Grenada, Ba Boo La La, I Am Going To Buy A Bungalow and Emmalene for Decca Records in Port Of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, Caribbean.
The Caresser, with John 'Buddy' Williams And His Rhythm Orchestra, records Joe Louis and Ruby Canera, for Decca Records in Port Of Spain, West Indies, Caribbean.
Ralph Fitz-Scott with Charlie Smith And His Demerara Lucky Strike Orchesta records Shout Guiana and Why I Killed Winfred for Decca Records in Port Of Spain, Trinidad, West Indies, Caribbean.
Clarence Profit's Trio and The Calypso Recorders are playing at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Clarence Profit's Trio and The Calypso Recorders are playing at The Village Vanguard, Greenwich Village, New York City, USA.
Singer Jeri Sullavan performs the song Rum And Coca Cola for an American audience for the first time, during an engagement at the Versailles Restaurant, Manhattan, New York City, USA. The song, written by calypso star Lord Invader has been given to her by comedian Morey Amsterdam who heard it while working in Trinidad. Rum And Coca Cola will later become a huge hit for The Andrews Sisters but Lord Invader will have to go to court to win his royalties.
Rum And Coca Cola by The Andrews Sisters reaches No1 in the Billboard pop singles chart in the USA, a position it will hold for ten weeks. The song is a version of a calypso written by Lord Invader who will, in due course, have to go to court to win his royalties.
A General Election is held in the UK, and the Labour Party wins with a majority of just five seats, despite polling over one and a half million votes more than the Conservative Party. The election will inspire Calypsonian Lord Beginner to write and record his song General Election, based on events he saw at Piccadilly Circus in London while waiting for the election result to be announced.
Calypsonian Lord Beginner with Cyril Blake's Calypso Serenaders records General Election, for Parlophone Records in Abbey Road Studios, London, UK.
The Guardian newspaper reports that, "Hell
Harry Belafonte, Janet Brace and The Jim Stutz Trio are playing at The Black Orchid, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The stage show John Murray Anderson's Almanac - A Musical Harlequinade, starring Harry Belafonte, with songs by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross, plays at The Imperial Theatre on Broadway, New York City, USA, during a run of 229 performances.
The Robins, later to find international fame as The Coasters, play the ninth night of two weeks at The Trocadero, Hollywood, California, USA. On the same day, The Robins appear on The Rhythm And Blues Show on KTTV hosted by Jerry Lawrence with Harry Belafonte, and The Oscar McLollie Orchestra.
The musical film Carmen Jones, a contemporary version of the opera Carmen by Georges Bizet, starring Harry Belafonte, Pearl Bailey and Dorothy Dandridge opens in the USA.
Harry Belafonte completes the recording of his second LP, Belafonte, for RCA Victor at RCA Victor's Manhattan Center and 24th Street Studios, New York City, USA. It will become the first No1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, topping the chart for six weeks.
The Top 5 singles in the UK, according to today's edition of the New Musical Express [NME] newspaper are as follows :
  1. Mary's Boy Child by Harry Belafonte [RCA]
  2. Wake Up Little Susie by The Everly Brothers [London]
  3. My Special Angel by Malcolm Vaughan [HMV]
  4. Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me by The Johnny Otis Show/Marle Adams [Capitol]
  5. Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis [London]
In New York City, USA, Harry Belafonte has the first of four recording sessions during which he records tracks for his blues-influenced album Belafonte Sings The Blues.
In New York City, USA, Harry Belafonte has the second of four recording sessions during which he records tracks for his blues-influenced album Belafonte Sings The Blues.
Gerry And The Pacemakers, Rory Storm And The Hurricanes, Kingsize Taylor And The Dominoes, Jay Roberts And The Jaywalkers and Bill Bailey's Calypso Band play a Good Friday gig at The Iron Door Club, Liverpool, England, UK, Europe.
Calypsonian guitarist and singer Lord Mike opens at The Jamaican Room, The Blue Angel, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
The Kingston Trio record Oh Sail Away for Capitol Records in Los Angeles, California, USA.
RCA announce the launch of "The Prompter", a new portable hi-fi tape cartridge player selling at $99.95. It will not find wide public acceptance.
The Harry Belafonte Singers appear in concert in Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA.
The album Calypso by Harry Belafonte is awarded a Gold Disc in the USA by the R.I.A.A.. The album was released in 1956.
If You Wanna Be Happy by Jimmy Soul reaches No1 in the Cash Box magazine chart of the best-selling singles in the USA.
During a run of shows at The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, California, USA, Harry Belafonte records a live LP, Belafonte At The Greek Theatre. Backstage, Belafonte is presented with three gold discs for albums which have each achieved over one million sales.
Harry Belafonte and Woody Herman are guests on tv show The Bell Telephone Hour in the USA.
As part of the Forest Hills Music Festival, Harry Belafonte and Miriam Makeba play the first of three nights at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium, New York City, USA.
Harry Belafonte appears in the Silver Anniversary Edition of popular tv show The Bell Telephone Hour in the USA.
Harry Belafonte plays the third of five nights at The Opera House, Chicago, Illinois, USA, with Nana Mouskouri.
Smokey Robinson And The Miracles release a new single, The Tracks Of My Tears, in the USA. Curiously, the song will inspire Rod Argent of The Zombies to write their hit Time Of The Season, after he mis-hears the line 'if you look closer it's easy to trace' as 'it's the time of the season to trace'.
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At Madison Square Garden, New York City, USA, Jimi Hendrix, Judy Collins, The Rascals, Peter Paul and Mary, Blood Sweat And Tears, Richie Havens, Harry Belafonte, Dave Brubeck and others perform in the Winter Festival For Peace, a benefit for the Vietnam Moratorium Committee. When Hendrix staggers off-stage halfway through his set, manager Mike Jeffery fires drummer Buddy Miles.
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Songwriter, composer, arranger, pianist, and orchestra leader David Rose dies aged 80, of a heart attack in Burbank, California, USA. His most famous compositions were The Stripper, Holiday For Strings and Calypso Melody. Using the pseudonym Ray Llewellyn, he also wrote music for numerous television series, including It's A Great Life, The Tony Martin Show, Little House on the Prairie, Highway To Heaven, Bonanza, and Highway Patrol.
Calypso singer and songwriter Lord Kitchener, best-remembered for his popular song Cricket, Lovely, Cricket, dies aged 77 in Champs Fleur, Trinidad, Caribbean.
The Notting Hill Carnival sets West London, England, UK, alight with the very best in West Indian music, dance, food and culture, drawing in a crowd of 750,000 people.
Legendary Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin, plays at The Basement, Circular Quay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Calypso star The Mighty Duke dies of myelofibrosis in Saint Clair, Trinidad and Tobago, Caribbean.
MIM (Musical Instrument Museum), a 200,000 square feet museum and venue focused entirely on music and musical instruments from around the globe opens in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Internationally successful bandleader, vocalist, songwriter and nightclub entrepreneur Edmundo Ros dies aged 100 in Javea, Alicante, Spain, Europe.
Guitarist and songwriter Steven Springer, best-known as a member of the Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band, dies aged 60 of cancer, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. Springer also played with Sir Lancelot Pinard and the band Sanctuary, and he founded the musical project Tropicooljazz.
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